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Catrin Collier
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20 July 2006 Hearts of Gold
In Pontypridd, in 1939, blackouts and conscription are beginning to strain the community. And three women are separated - perhaps for ever - from the men they love. Jenny Powell's husband, Eddie, abandoned her on her wedding night, and she must struggle to cope alone. Italian Tina Ronconi's sweetheart enlists, and she and her sister face internment as enemy aliens. And Bethan's doctor husband is called up, leaving her, along with all the women, with endless worry and fear. Forced to adjust to a world at all, all they can do is wait. Then comes news of the Allies' retreat at Dunkirk and, for many, life will never be the same again...

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New Ed edition (20 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752877860
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752877860
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 11.9 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At present (January 2014) working on Winds of Eden the sequel to Long Road to Baghdad. Look out for my raunchy Caro French Farcreek novels, Lady Luck, Lady Lay, Lady Chance named after the Cullen boys yachts. - Coming very soon.
My most bemused moment. When someone commented, "It will be wonderful for Pontypridd when you die." (Many of my novels are set in the town)
My best "putting in place moment". When someone joined a queue at a signing session in Waterstones and waited ten minutes to say, "I don't want a book, love, but as you're here for two hours, look after my shopping for me." - I did.
My proudest moment, when I discovered my Catrin Collier novel, One Last Summer, based on my Prussian born mother's wartime diaries was named recommended reading for adults by the Holocaust Day Memorial Trust.

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Catrin Collier was born and brought up in Pontypridd. She worked in Europe and America before returning to her native Wales. She now lives on the Gower Peninsula near Swansea, with her family.

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Such Sweet Sorrow is the fifth book in the Hearts of Gold series (and like the other books in the series it could easily be enjoyed on its own).
It is set in 1939, and vividly describes life in wartime Pontypridd. The characters are colourful and genuine (many will seem like old friends if you have been reading the series), and you quickly become engrossed in their stories.
Many of the young men in Pontypridd volunteer for the Welsh Guards, and leave for France - including William and Eddie Powell and the Ronconi boys.
Their loved ones are left to cope with their worries, and some of the young women have to take on additional responsibilities - such as the Ronconi girls, who have to take over running the family's cafés and restaurant.
A couple of new characters are introduced, as several `conchies' (conscientious objectors) arrive in Pontypridd, conscripted to work in the coal mines.
Tensions build in the community and as war fever sets in the persecution of `enemy aliens' begins, and soon many of the Italians living in Pontypridd face internment.
Such Sweet Sorrow is well researched and very moving. The stories of the characters are gripping - and there is a balance of highs and lows. As well as the tragedies, injustices and sorrows of war; there are stories of deep friendship, romance, and the ability of people and communities to find the strength needed to both cope with, and overcome, great adversities.

The previous books in the series are:
Hearts of Gold
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5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC OCTOLOGY 26 Oct 2013
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4.0 out of 5 stars Continuation of Saga 15 Oct 2013
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Once again, various families intertwined in a Welsh mining village, the saga is now progressing through the 1930's and towards World War II. Looking forward to the next in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting I couldn't put it down 8 Nov 2012
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As usual Catrin Collier i couldn't put it down, very good story line and leaves you wondering what more is there when you have finished the book! Can't wait for the next one!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars good book 9 July 2014
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Good book by Catrin Collier, the series has been very good
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good books 27 Jun 2014
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Always enjoy catrin colliers book, she takes you there into the years she is writing about. If anyone wants to know how people had to survive in sometimes terrible circumstances then read her books
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant series. 27 Jun 2014
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Once again Ms Collier has brought her characters alive, although fiction , she brings in so much fact it becomes real.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow 27 Jun 2014
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What a read couldn't put it down. Get all the Hearts of gold series I enjoyed it that much thank you. I'm from wales and had been told story's by my grandpa.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
i started reading this series because the first in the series was a free read and since have read then all.
It's not my preferred genre but Catrin had me hooked. Read more
Published 1 month ago by ***Vicky***
5.0 out of 5 stars Welsh family
I cannot put my kindle down. I go from the first Hearts of Gold the the next one and the next one. Brilliant writing. You are gripped in this welsh saga. A Must read.
Published 1 month ago by teriosbabe
5.0 out of 5 stars love this series
love this series was very sorry when it ended, AMAZON !!!! it dosent need anymore words i cant understand why there has to be a set amount of words for a review it just puts... Read more
Published 1 month ago by hannah price
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This was yet another of Catrin Colliers brilliant series. I have read all the previous Hearts of Gold stories and enjoyed every one.
Published 2 months ago by Ann Stanmore
5.0 out of 5 stars hearts of gold series
great series - could not wait to read the next book. Its all about a family in Wales and its very well told.
Published 4 months ago by Elaine Lisher
4.0 out of 5 stars an interesting story set in a now forgotten time
Good development of the characters throughout the series but perhaps the stretch to 8 books was just a bit too long
Published 4 months ago by Dorothy Tweedie
5.0 out of 5 stars Such sweet sorrow
Excellent read as usual. Well researched, just couldn't put it down. Just had to add another of her series to my kindle.
Published 4 months ago by Sandra Kerensky
5.0 out of 5 stars realistic story
i have really enjoyed whole seriesand I ,loved the well drawn characters and story lines,would recommend to anyone who loves a good realistic story.
Published 5 months ago by john mccormick
5.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER GREAT READ
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